Gladman Developments Limited are proposing a new residential development of about 520 homes on land off Leicester Road, Melton
Earlier this year Cheshire-based Gladman Developments Ltd submitted an outline planning application to Melton Council to build the homes on three fields off the A607 Leicester Road, north of Kirby Lane.
Due to the council’s failure to determine its original application within the statutory period, Gladman appealed against the non-determination of its plans. That appeal is still live but now it has resubmitted a second application for the same site which it is entitled to do.
The parcel of land in question is identified in the council’s draft Local Plan (emerging options) as a potential housing development site, forming part of a ‘south Melton sustainable neighbourhood’. Developers will be expected to contribute towards and/or deliver parts of transport infrastructure including a Melton outer relief road.
But no final decisions have been made, with the draft Local Plan set to go out to public consultation next month and with numerous stages to follow before the plan is adopted.
As previously reported in the Melton Times Gladman held a public consultation on its original plans last December. People raised a raft of issues, including traffic and highways safety concerns, though the developer said it was ‘pleased with the general level of response and supportive comments.’
Gladman’s re-submitted plans include site access changes, with T-junctions now proposed off Leicester Road and Kirby Lane.
A planning statement submitted by Gladman says: “There are no transport/highways reasons for refusal of planning permission. The scheme’s traffic impacts have been reviewed and the conclusion remains that the development can be achieved without a ‘severe’ residual cumulative impact in accordance with national planning policy.
“The council acknowledges it can’t demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites. This proposal responds positively to the identified lack of housing land supply and ongoing need for housing in the borough.
“The emerging Melton Local Plan is only in the very early stages of development and therefore can’t be attributed weight at this time. Given the stage of the plan, it’s not considered the proposals are premature. This development clearly constitutes sustainable development and there are no adverse impacts which significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”